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Focusing, a process developed by psychologist Eugene Gendlin, is a powerful and effective way to bypass intellectualization, deal with otherwise overwhelming emotion, and go directly to the source of change. In this experiential course, you will learn tools for helping clients who report being stuck, out of touch with their bodily experience, and in the grip of repetitive patterns of thinking and feeling. We will explore concrete methods for helping people move into a position of being the compassionate witness to their own inner experience, without shame or self-criticism. You will come away with a deeper appreciation of how to create safety in your work with clients and enhance the level of presence in your therapeutic work.
Ann Weiser Cornell is an internationally known teacher of Focusing, and the author of the best-selling The Power of Focusing. Her latest book is The Radical Acceptance of Everything: Living a Focusing Life.
Session 1: Introduction to the Focusing process, background and history
Session 2: The concept of the "felt sense" • How a felt sense is different from body sensation or emotion • Why it is so important
Session 3: The concept of "Presence" • Why an inner compassionate witnessing state is a key to Focusing • How to help clients find it
Session 4: The four stages of Focusing • How to facilitate them
Session 5: The power of empathy
Session 6: Tough cases: Clients who find Focusing hard to do • How to help them
1. Recognize and respond to clients' felt senses
2. Discuss techniques to help clients find a felt sense when they are "in their heads"
3. Identify ways to help clients find a compassionate witnessing state ("presence") when they are emotionally overwhelmed
4. Discuss the concept of the "body" as understood within Focusing